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Doing Work Based Research

Doing Work Based Research
Approaches to Enquiry for Insider-Researchers

March 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With the growth of practitioner research, this book leads the way by addressing key issues faced by 'insider researchers' – those doing research projects in the organizations and communities in which they themselves work, or where they are already familiar with the setting.

The authors explore the implications of these research contexts, and discuss approaches and methodologies that researchers in these contexts might adopt, with a particular focus on ethics - one of the key concerns for students undertaking a research project of this type.

This book is for anyone undertaking a research project based on work practice, including postgraduate, undergraduate and doctoral students. Students on work-based programs or modules including education, healthcare and business courses, whose research projects are often undertaken in workplace settings, will find it particularly useful.

Key Concepts for the Insider-Researcher
Search and Review of Relevant Knowledge and Information
Research Ethics and Insider-Researchers
Privilege, Power and Politics in Work-Based Research
Gaining Access for the Insider-Researcher: Issues, Practices, Audiences, Ethics and Gratitude
Learning Contracts/Agreements and Intellectual Capital
Developing a Methodology
Collaborative Research
A Reflection on Professional Practice
Work-Based Research in Action
The Development of a Research Proposal
Preparing and Evaluating Project Outcomes and Then Assessing the Learning Achieved
Recommendations and Presentations Arising from the Research

Good clear information relating to carrying out a research project including action research and how it is to be conducted.

Miss Lisa Holland
teacher education, Tameside College
September 6, 2019

Although not suitable for the module, it is a good guide for my teaching staff who are encouraged to conduct Action Research within their everyday practice

Mrs Michelle Gibbons
International Studies, Essex University
November 10, 2018

As previously expressed this publication clearly explains the process for research in a working environment to enable students to explore their chosen topics for dissertations (BA) and action research (Fd) on relevant programmes.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
October 25, 2016

This publication enables students to clearly relate their research to practical situations in the workplace. Clear questions are highlighted to support students projects in their work environment.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
July 30, 2016

This is a great accessible read with good examples.

Mrs Jo Kennedy
Education and Training, Cornwall Neighbourhood's 4 Change
October 20, 2015

Very clear guide to carring out research in the workplace. Ideal introduction for those in education

Ms Mary Cryan
Supporting Teaching and Learning, Adult Education Centre
February 24, 2015

A really accessible book with thoughtful reflective questions to support work based students.

Mrs Denise Salter
Faculty of Health Studies, Bucks New University
October 29, 2014

A really clear and concise text that highlight the key issues to consider for an insider researcher

Ms Joanna Booth
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby Univ.
July 6, 2014

This is a substantial resource for both novice and experienced insider researchers. It goves good pointers and raises key challenges for those who wish to research the ground within which they stand.

Mr Gerry Myers
Dept of Education & Professional Studies, University of Limerick
June 4, 2014

This is a great book. It provides essential information in short easy to access and clearly written sections. It is not overly heavy on the theoretical underpinning. However, it is ideal as a research companion for students wanting a quick reminder or refresher on what specific research approaches, perspectives methodologies etc., mean and are appropriate for.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
March 31, 2014

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